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Daniel Silke
Daniel Silke
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Guest Speaker Daniel Silke is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading political economy analysts and most passionate keynote speakers. His success lies in blending both economic and political trends in highly accessible yet insightful presentations. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town, Silke serves a host of major global blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the conference and events industries. He has over 15 years’ experience in delivering flagship presentations on Global, African and South African political and economic trends alongside providing essential strategic foresight for business entities large and small.
Silke holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South African and International Politics and was attached to the university's Institute for the Study of Public Policy where he tutored within the broader Department of Political Studies. Silke then served in public office as a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and City Councillor in the City of Cape Town holding positions of whip for his party as well as portfolio committee chair for economic development. Since launching his consultancy, Silke has become a familiar name on the corporate speaking circuit and in the media - both within his native South Africa and overseas.
Silke's client list client includes Bank of America, Maersk, Mazars, Barclays Africa, Marriott International, Oracle, CISCO, PwC, Investec, PPC, Actemium, FirstRand, Grant Thornton, Deloittes, Gartner, Momentum, Sanlam, Estee Lauder, FNB, BMW and ABSA amongst others. Silke has addressed the World Travel Forum in Istanbul, the Transcontinental Trusts International Forum in Bermuda, The Cross Border Planning conference in London and Singapore, the African & Arabian Hotel & Investment Forum in Addis Ababa, Kigali, Nairobi and Dubai as well as the World Affairs Council and Fulbright Association in Washington DC. He has also spoken before the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sydney.
He has lectured extensively to university audiences in the United States with contracts recently at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh PA and Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida. He is also a global political trend/risk consultant for GLG based in New York City and is on Duke Corporate Education panel of speakers.
Silke is constantly in demand for his credible and insightful commentaries from global and domestic media houses. He has appeared on the BBC, Sky Australia, Australian Broadcasting Company, France 24, CGTN (China) Newsmax and TRT Turkey. He also contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, Newszroom Africa, Bloomberg, Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle (Germany), Cape Talk 567, 702 and Business Day TV. He has also advised the Australian & South Korean missions in South Africa. Silke is the author of the book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and regularly writes columns for Fin24/News24 and The Sunday Times (Johannesburg).
Guest Speaker Daniel Silke is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading political economy analysts and most passionate keynote speakers. His success lies in blending both economic and political trends in highly accessible yet insightful presentations. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town, Silke serves a host of major global blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the conference and events industries. He has over 15 years

MegaTrends Reset: *New for 2021*
Political, Social, Economic & Technological Trends and Themes in the post-Covid Era.
Profound political, economic, social and technological change have all been rapidly developing feature of the modern world for decades. Covid-19 has - in part - reset some of these trends creating a future where healthcare, biotech, hyper connectivity,  remote work, online consumerism, digitisation, political accountability, rising debt, sustainable development and combating inequality are all on the front-burner. But, existing themes of demographic shifts, urbanisation, a rising Asia and cybersecurity amongst others will continue to shape and shift business and investment   Don't miss the future Global MegaTrends - all reset!
Summary: Insightful macro-trend & theme analysis ideal for any event requiring a 'helicopter' overview.
The V-Shape World: *New for 2021*
From Virus to Vaccine to V-Shape Recovery
The world stares down 2021 with both apprehension and hope. The Covid-19 vaccine brings the prospect of relief and recovery. But make no mistake, the effects of the pandemic on geo-politics and the global economy will remain. Low growth, high debt and a desperate need for recovery in both the developed & emerging markets will test global stability - along with the resumption of the rise of China and a new US President. Understanding the key global themes and emerging risks in a volatile and unchartered climate will be a core component for business success and strategic forecasting in the months ahead.​
Summary: The very latest international economic and political drivers offering a comprehensive current analysis of the state of the world.
The State of the Nation: *New for 2021*
South Africa's Political & Economic Challenges.
South Africa will spend much of 2021 in crisis mode as Covid-19 drains already-scarce resources and further increases debt. At the same time, rescuing the economy will take both political will and prudent policy making. The country also requires a credible strategy to combat corruption and expand economic inclusion amidst a complex vaccine roll-out and a major local election campaign set to test the support for the governing party. All this alongside tensions in the ANC and the limitations on policy execution that brings. Assess the road ahead in this compelling and essential new keynote or webinar.​
Summary: A flagship deep-dive into both the political and economic fortunes of South Africa with prospects and insights for the future
South Africa 2021: *New for 2021*
Recession or Reset? 
South Africa's economy was struggling pre-Covid. Since the pandemic, it has suffered numerous shocks leading to an extended recession that requires major policy reforms to counter. The critical issue is whether the political leadership can make courageous moves to re-boot and revive the economy amidst internal political contestation. With increased unemployment, inequality and social distress, South Africa's ANC face internal challenges and local elections. Addressing the weakened economy as well as the urgent need for a vaccine rollout piles on the political pressure. Explore these issues in this constantly updated flagship analysis.
Summary: A critical economic, political and social overview of South Africa providing prospects for the future. 
The State of Africa: *New for 2021*
Restoring Growth in the Post-Covid Era. 
Africa has largely enjoyed favourable growth rates & real integration into the global economy over the last decade. But, increasing headwinds in a post-Covid environment will put pressure on policy-makers to offset the damage caused & re-commit to a prosperity path. Vexed issues of rising debt, regional instability & social strain will require attention while much promise from the new AfCFTA requires political will to enable. Securing a vaccine will also be critical to offset weakening historic gains. With heightened geo-political & economic competition, the near future is likely to be both uncertain yet not short on opportunity. Be part of this fascinating & essential journey into the current state of the continent. 
Summary: A flagship macro-overview of Sub-Saharan Africa offering essential economic and trend insights.
Consumer Tsunami: *New for 2021*
Retail and Consumer Trends in the Post-Covid Era
The world of retail is always in a constant state of flux. Purchasing habits, choices and customer values have all been further transformed by Covid-19 enabling online platforms to dramatically eclipse the bricks and mortar experience. Globally, a plethora of major retailers have suffered either closure or major downsizing. Slower economic growth in the West, supply chain concerns, alternative lifestyle choices and a rising Asian consumer brings a new geo-economic and social dynamic to this environment. From value to luxury, wants and needs are shifting. And, hyper-technology will facilitate even greater change in the future. Book now for a macro-trend and environmental scan essential for all consumer-driven businesses. 
Summary: A unique consumer-driven analysis within the context a global economic and trend analysis
South Africa Budget 2021: *Special Event Analysis*
The Political & Economic Context for Recovery
South Africa Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has, this year, an almost impossible task of managing the Covid crisis alongside the structurally weak domestic economy. With rising debt, unemployment and the broad ravages of Covid baked in, the key issues will again balance the urgent need for revenue with limiting state expenditure. Given the fundamentally weak economy pre-Covid and local elections set for August, this Budget will be critical in placing the country on a more stable footing towards growth. Daniel Silke presents a political-economy analysis of Budget 2021 for corporate events over the month of February and into March 2021.
Summary: An essential analysis of the South African Budget and its economic and political implications.
Re-setting the World: *Just Released!*
The Challenge of a Volatile Globe.
The election of Joe Biden can have a profound impact on the global role of the United States following the end of the Trump era. But existing and new risks to the international order are emerging. The rise of China, power-plays from Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, regional and trade conflicts, climate-change and a return to multilateralism against a background of Covid-19 create risks and uncertainties. With a global economy still fraught with inequality and strain, new pressures are rising. Cover the key flash-points in this latest keynote spanning the major issues of the world.
Summary: An international-relations primer for global audiences seeking a summary of prevailing risk-related issues and their business relevance.
In Discussion With... *Private Client Briefings*
Personal Briefings/Q&A 
Although most presentations are more formal and are based on supporting PowerPoint slides, many clients prefer a more personal discussion-type format either as part of a panel discussion or direct briefing. These can be also be achieved virtually using all major online platforms such as Zoom, Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype or via a telephonic link. Interactive Q&A sessions are highly productive and allow for in-depth analysis and discussion. Multi-participant panels also add dynamism to an event and retain audience interest. Dissecting issues via discussion remains a highly compelling format for virtual events.
Summary: Creative solutions for client and team engagement is critical as remote working remains. Identify engaging solutions to inform, educate and entertain with Daniel Silke.


MegaTrends Reset: *New for 2021*
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The following introduction is a suggested draft only. It may be used in its entirety or parts thereof when presenting Daniel on stage prior to his presentation.

“Daniel Silke is one of South Africa's leading Independent Political Analysts and Keynote Speakers covering South African, African and Global political and economic issues. As a renowned Futurist and commentator, his insightful, entertaining and predictive presentations on topical issues are in great demand. Silke holds a Masters Degree in South African and International Politics and has served, in a senior capacity, both as a Member of the Provincial Parliament and as a City Councillor in Cape Town He lectures and consults to major corporates, academic institutions and think-tanks both locally and overseas. He is currently the Director of Political Futures Consulting and also regularly appears in print, on the Internet and on radio & television both in South Africa and abroad. Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you - Daniel Silke.”


•Most of Daniel’s presentations require a large-screen PowerPoint capability. Daniel’s presentations rely on both text and visuals and it is essential that PowerPoint is available.
•He will use a laptop on stage in front of him - on the podium - at all times.
•Daniel is an animated speaker and does prefer direct eye contact with his audience.
•He prefers a cordless lavaliere (lapel) microphone where possible.
•Daniel does not release any copies of his PowerPoint presentations for general use although the audience is naturally welcome to take notes.
•He does not use pre-written speeches and only uses abbreviated notes during his presentation.

The following introduction is a suggested draft only. It may be used in its entirety or parts t
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